Fall Fest: Root Veggie Sides to Try

by in View All Posts, November 3rd, 2010
Glazed Carrots and Turnips
This year, try a new Thansgiving side, like Glazed Carrots and Turnips.

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions – roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, grandma’s pumpkin pie – but don’t be afraid to add new life to the traditional feast with a few new stand-out sides. (Here are 50+ if you want to start browsing now!) For a little something different, reach for one of these three often overlooked root veggies – turnips, rutabagas and parsnips – in season and oh so tasty.

Turnips: Look for smaller, younger turnips for an unexpected slightly sweet taste. For Thanksgiving, try Glazed Carrots with Turnips (pictured above) or Tyler’s Buttered Turnip Puree.

Tyler's Buttered Turnip Puree
Tyler's Buttered Turnip Puree

Rutabagas: This root veggie is a cross between cabbage and a turnip. Ease into it by treating it like a potato, with this recipe for Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Lemon.

Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Lemon
Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Lemon

Parsnips: They may look like carrots, but they’re white and sweeter. Try mashing these with potatoes as well, with Tyler’s take on Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes.

Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes
Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes

What’s your favorite root veggie? Shout it out in the comments, or share your favorite recipes on Twitter at #fallfood.

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Comments (8)

  1. Soma says:

    A Beautiful collection of recipes. Love the glazed carrots and turnips.

    I could join in the fest this time! Here is mine – Poppy Seeds and Chickpea Crusted Potatoes http://www.ecurry.com/blog/starters-snacks/poppy-

  2. Ranjani says:

    It's fun to combine some new root vegetables with the old favorites!
    I made a root veggie salad this week: http://4seasonsoffood.blogspot.com/2010/11/crunch

  3. Stephanie says:

    Wow, Tyler's buttered turnip puree looks delicious!

    I made my favourite fall/winter root veggie soup for Fall Fest. It's called West African peanut soup, but I found the recipe in cold, cold Winnipeg, Canada!

    Here it is: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/11/west-african

  4. It all looks delicious, but I would include celeriac too. It tastes great alone and also plays nice with other root vegetables.

  5. Erin says:

    Root vegetables are my favorite; they just scream "autumn!" In my book, roasted carrots and parsnips, complemented by a honey-balsamic glaze, are the perfect combination. http://hotdinnerhappyhome.blogspot.com/2011/01/ro

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